2 get home confinement in stolen cooking oil case

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Posted: Dec 04, 2014 3:37 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two brothers in their 70s have been sentenced to home confinement and probation for conspiring to sell 200,000 gallons of used cooking oil stolen from restaurants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to a processing plant in New Hampshire.

Seventy-eight-year-old Andrew Jeremiah and 72-year-old Bruce Jeremiah were sentenced Thursday in federal court in Providence to two years of probation, with the first six months in home confinement. They pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to unlawfully transport stolen goods.

Prosecutors say the brothers, both from Cranston, Rhode Island, partnered with Anthony Simone Sr., also of Cranston. Simone awaits sentencing.

Authorities say the stolen oil was brought to the Jeremiahs' business in Central Falls, Rhode Island, and taken to a company in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, for processing into animal feed and biofuel.